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Ein Wintertag in einer Kleinstadt in Frankreich Solange feiert ihren 60 Geburtstag Als ihr Bruder Bernard, der Trinker, ihr eine goldene Brosche berreicht, werden schnell Stimmen laut Woher hat er das Geld Bernard wurde sehr jung in den Algerienkrieg eingezogen, verlor danach bald jeden Halt Die Missgunst der Feiernden bringt ihn auf und er beginnt, Chefraoui, einen Araber, zu beschimpfen und seine Familie zu bedrohen Bezwingend erz hlt Mauvignier von einem Leben, das der Krieg zerst rt hat....

Title : Des Hommes
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ISBN : 2707321540
ISBN13 : 978-2707321541
Format Type : Hardback
Language : Französisch
Publisher : Editions De Minuit 3 M rz 2011
Number of Pages : 284 Pages
File Size : 680 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Des Hommes Reviews

  • a reader
    2019-03-16 21:30

    Der neue Roman von Laurent Mauvignier ist ein Meisterwerk! Endlich hat der grosse Stilist ein grosses Thema gefunden. Insbesondere ein Thema, in dem sein beeinruckender und sehr persönlicher Stil hervorragend "funktioniert". Anfang kommt das Buch wie ein simpler Roman über das Leben eines Obadachlosen daher. Kapitel für Kapitel dann versinkt der Leser in immer tiefere Ebenen eines komplexen Lebens und findet sich schliesslich in dem Grauen des Algerien-Krieges wieder. Und in der Unfähigkeit der französischen Soldaten nach Ende des Krieges über das Erlebte reden zu können und zu wollen. Alles wird verdrängt, zernagt aber ganz langsam die Menschen von innen, bis 40 Jahre später sich ein scheinbar vollkommen irrationales Verhalten Bahn bricht.Der sehr vorsichtige, umkreisende und sehr sensitive Stil Mauvigniers passt hier genau. Man hat das unbestimmte Gefühl, dass bestimmte Dinge nicht gesagt, stets das Unnennbare mitschwebt und die Sätze immer wieder um etwas Abwesendes kreisen, das auf keinen Fall berührt werden darf.Bleibt zu hoffen, dass dieses Meisterwerk ins Deutsche übersetzt wird.

  • Martino
    2019-02-26 03:33

    Sehr interessantes Buch über Männer, welche den Algeiren Befreiungskrieg erlebt haben; sehr gute und präzise Sprache auf Französisch. Wer einen eleganten Stil und eine detailhafte Erzählung mag,dem ist dieses Buch zu empfehlen!

  • Antenna
    2019-03-14 04:14

    Of all the novels on the fraught topic of the struggle for Algerian independence from France, this is unusual in its focus on the trauma of young men sent out to fight a colonial war without understanding the situation into which they were thrown and unprepared for the violence they were about to witness and perpetrate. The English title of “The Wound” for this novel, to be found in the opening quotation from Genet (“As for your wound, where is it?......”) seems more apt than the original one of “Des Hommes” (“Men”) in that it suggests the long-term mental injury they suffered, but were often unable to relieve by talking about it. Perhaps they felt instinctively that those who had not shared their experiences would never understand, or they repressed memories too shameful, painful or shocking to express, or simply lacked the words to confide in others. Yet “Des Hommes” is also a meaningful title in conveying how a group of males may tend to interact, responding to an attack with aggression, also using it as a means of avoiding expressing emotion.Starting with “afternoon”, this novel covers a twenty-four hour period split into four sections, but also makes extensive use of flashbacks and recollections to reveal the lives of two cousins from a rural French community: Bernard, nick-named “Feu-de-Bois”, a dishevelled alcoholic who sponges off his long-suffering sister Solange, and Rabut who narrates parts of the story. Both in their sixties, the cousins were called up to fight in Algeria in the early ‘60s, but have never spoken about this part of their lives which clearly haunts them both. For Rabut, Algeria has an unreal dreamlike quality, alien and exotic in its sunshine, scenery and Arab culture, shocking in the incidents of brutality.The fragmented, stream of consciousness style can be very powerful, but also hard to follow, particularly if one is reading it in the original French as a foreigner. The opening pages are particularly obscure as we see Feu-de-Bois antagonising his whole family by a particularly crass action, before “going off the rails” in what seems like a racist attack. Rabut seems to have some empathy with his cousin, yet it becomes apparent that there is also a deep-seated hostility between the two men. The explanation for all this is gradually revealed in an impressionistic novel with a strong sense of place – one can see the fields in the snow versus the desert barracks - , minute descriptions of physical sensations, snatches of dialogue and intense action, or sharp flashes of insight in all the bleak obliqueness.I found it necessary to read up some background history to understand the book better, and some aspects could have been developed more fully, like the invidious position of the Harkis, native Muslims who volunteered as auxiliaries in the French Army during the Algerian War. Yet perhaps Mauvignier is more interested in the feelings aroused by a colonial war in which one does not have a stake, rather than the details of the Algerian conflict in particular. This is likely to be a novel which divides opinion over its distinctive style, unusual structure and inconclusive plot. It repays rereading, is somehow absorbing without being a conventional page-turner, but certainly gives food for thought over the psychological impact of the Algerian War, particularly on individuals, ordinary French people caught up in it.